Coinciding with the arrival of good weather, the whole city leaves routine aside to enjoy its green spaces. Labor obligations are abandoned and, in community, a large outdoor tablecloth is deployed. Numerous traditional groups perform in every corner of the city, singing traditional songs, to the sound of tambourines, drums and bagpipes. This 2019 is celebrated on June 11.
In Oviedo there is a Tuesday marked in red on the calendar: «Tuesday of Field» or «The Balesquida», which is celebrated on the first Tuesday after Pentecost. It is a "spring folly" of the first order.
In Asturias there is no "prau" party without "bollu preñáu", with bread stuffed with chorizo or bacon. The capital of the Principality can not be less. During the party of Tuesday of Field, all the city and all its visitors give good account of the bollu in pleasant company. But in addition to the bollu, cider and other typical dishes of espicha that are prepared from home, this festival requires another capital element of the "Asturian folk": El prau.
Where is the "Field Tuesday" celebrated?
Two are the usual scenarios in which Oviedo goes to the field that day indicated:
Tomás and Monte Naranco Purification Park: the area where young people come, with live music and enough space to enjoy the gang in a crowded "picnic" where cider and other liquid elements run.
San Francisco Park: place where traditionally the party has been celebrated and that is frequented by a more familiar atmosphere. In the Paseo del Bombé, the epicenter of the always crowded party, you look for a place to get back together with old friends. The most coveted tables are those that remain in the shade of the centenary trees. Families with small children are usually located near playgrounds.
History of «Field Tuesday»
The party dates back to the 13th century. The oldest conserved regulation dates from the 15 of May of 1450. The essence of the Middle Ages is still alive in different manifestations, as in the Cavalcade of the Herald, of immaculate white, on horse also white, which - on the Sunday prior to that indicated Tuesday - announces the parties of La Balesquida and asks the mayor for permission to distribute the bun and the wine between the brothers and the protective partners. Encourage the audience to accompany him in a procession through the old town of Oviedo.
The starting and ending point is the chapel of the Balesquida, next to the missing hospital donated by 1232, the benefactor of the Tailors' Guild, Velasquita Giráldez. In his honor, the Brotherhood itself was renamed Brotherhood of La Balesquida. During the sixteenth century the festival was held on a Sunday in May, and the image of the Virgin of Hope, from the chapel of La Balesquida to Santa Ana de Mexide, is carried in procession. After the mass the lunch was distributed to the brothers, which consisted of a torrezno, bun and wine. Already in the 18th century, lunch became popular in the Campo de San Francisco and, at the end of the afternoon, a response by dona Velasquita that is still practiced in the parish church of San Tirso el Real.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com